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Cabmen's Shelter, Russell Square

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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published August 29th 2021
Exclusive Victorian taxi driver huts now serving to all
Ever wondered what that green hut is on the corner of Russell Square? It doesn't store park maintenance tools, or is indeed an oversized telephone booth, but for black cab drivers, it's an absolute lifesaver.

These days there are not too many left, and Russell Square is probably one of the prime examples. It shares similarities with the other shelters around London - ie it is a Grade II listed building, is a regulation size (originally no bigger than a horse and carriage), and painted in a particular shade of dark green. Interestingly, swearing is not allowed inside, along with more obvious prohibitions such as gambling and drinking alcohol.

And the good news, you no longer need to be a cabbie to use them. So, should you be in the centre, near Russell Square, and fancy a proper London cuppa, or a bacon sarnie (not sure what they are? That's a mug of tea and a sandwich made with a fried bacon strip filling), well, you can use the one in Russell Square now too.

Think of this as a special treat, as there are not many of these boxes left in London at all (around 13 in total), and Russell Square is one of the very few that will serve non-drivers (though you still can't go inside the hut itself, as that is only for the drivers). So, should you fancy a real British food experience, or even secretly wished you were a cabbie yourself, Russell Square is just the place to live out those fantasies.
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Why? A chance to have a cuppa with those who have
When: 7.30am - 2.30pm Mon-Fri
Phone: n/a
Where: Russell Square, London
Cost: reasonable
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